Hi loop group!
I'm a 57yo male. After a layoff of 27 years, I've gotten back into running. My progress has greatly exceeded my expectations!
I never ran a course longer than 5 miles in my previous running life. Was working up to longer distances when I injured a ligament when I was 30. PT sessions were prescribed on two occasions, but neither solved the problem. Then life, career and kids got in the way, so I never tried to rehab the injury after those two PT attempts. Maybe 10 times over the years I tried running, but each time, like clockwork, the crippling pain kicks in after approx 3 minutes at even the easiest pace.
Last spring, on a whim, I bought a Futuro knee stabilizer and tried some running. It worked like magic! It worked like a miracle! No pain, no matter what pace, no matter what distance! I was dumbfounded. Wish I had thought to try this thing decades ago! Just to see if it was the stabilizer or if my ligament repaired itself, I have tried running without it a few times this year. Sure enough the pain returns (albeit after a much longer time and to a lesser degree of pain). So I continue with the stabilizer - and I'm more than happy to do so.
The great news is I have been running about 50 miles/week, which is so much further than I expected to be at this point. I run an 8 mile road course about 5 or 6 times a week. I've got my pace for that course down to 8 minutes (only on a very cool day). On weekends I have made it 18 miles (2hr 49min). I'd run further if my schedule allowed (hard to carve out 4-5 hours on a weekend morning with so much to do around the house!)
I hope to enter the bay state half marathon (Lowell, MA) in 3 weeks, although I'm now I'm thinking I might try the full version of the same race (!)
With cold weather around the corner I am wondering if anyone can advise me on running pants .... compression fit? loose fit? material? I'm worried about chaffing of my inner thighs, given the distances I've been running.
For my top I'm using a Nike dry-fit, which has worked out much better than the other shirts I tried.